Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy. - Jim Rohn
This year you get two Christmas blogs for the price of one. I had just published my Christmas greeting and blog when my buddy Moe sent me an email about a little boy who was at the Mall waiting in a long line to see Santa. He asked, "Where is the line to see Jesus?" In a feeble attempt at humour, I told Moe that we are all in that line, but we are not necessarily eager for the meeting. After saying that I started thinking about the fact that some people know that they will not live to see Christmas.
Not to be too melancholy, but there are many people who experience real hardship, stress, illness, and even death. These trials are painful at any time of the year, but they can be especially amplified when they occur near Christmas. So, here I wish to focus on and pay tribute to some people who volunteer their time, energy and love to try to help those who are in terrible pain and some who are near death. Yep! We don't like to talk about it, or even think about it. But we are in a line-up, and when we get near the front of the line there are people who help. They are the volunteers at hospices and palliative care units. These are special people who visit and help comfort those in special circumstances.
When it starts getting icy and slippery on the roads and sidewalks, I try to get a little exercise by mall-walking. Each year, in that mall, just prior to Christmas, Winnipeg hospice volunteers set up a Christmas tree and accept donations. Donors hang cards on the tree in memory of loved ones. When I approached them to leave a donation and fill out a card, I told them that my sister, Barbara does volunteer work at a Palliative Care unit in Saskatoon. Thanking them for their very difficult volunteer work, I then asked if I could take their photo to use in this blog.
Do you believe in angels? They come in the form of very caring people who perform very difficult loving volunteer services.
Click on the photo to hear a Christmas song. Then please join me in wishing a very merry, pain-free and peaceful Christmas to all who suffer and to their care givers.
Gerald M. Sliva
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